Unreal: Now Bagram prisoners have habeas right to U.S. courts, too

U.S. District Judge John Bates, an appointee of President George W. Bush, said the prisoners who were shipped to Bagram from outside Afghanistan were “virtually identical” in legal terms to those who were sent to Guantanamo…

Lawyers for the Bush and Obama administrations argued that Afghanistan was different because it was in a “theater of war.” Traditionally, the right to habeas corpus, or legal redress, does not apply on the battlefield or in combat areas.